The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Isaac Munyakazi has confirmed Rwanda’s readiness to host a successful forthcoming East African Schools Games (FEASSA) set to start on August 10-20 in Musanze district, Northern Province
Launching the FEASSA Games on Thursday in Musanze, Minister Munyakazi said, “We have had ample time to make the necessary preparations. Rwanda is well prepared to host the region in the upcoming Feassa tournament,”
“Musanze is a touristic region and we believe this is a good opportunity for the visitors to enjoy the region’s hospitality. All hosting venues are in place and good shape, everyone involved in the games is set ahead of the start of the Feassa Games,”
“We also believe that Rwanda as hosts will do everything possible to ensure that its teams stage triumphant performances,” added Munyakazi.
The upcoming FEASSA Games to be hosted in Rwanda will attract over 2500 athletes from primary school teams drawn from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and hosts Rwanda competing in football, volleyball and netball.
Other sports disciplines set to offer competition swimming, badminton, tennis, table tennis and athletics.
The annual Federation of East African Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) Games comes to Rwanda barely three years after the country hosted the 2015 edition in Huye district.
Hosting the multidisciplinary games for a third time since 2007, this year’s showdown will see youthful teams vying for medals in eleven sports namely; football, basketball, volleyball, handball, netball, rugby, athletics, hockey, swimming, badminton, tennis and table tennis.
Rwanda playing host for the 2018 FEASSSA Games presents a great opportunity to promote the country’s tourism and cultural diversity to East Africans, particularly the Youth in schools.
Meanwhile, Rwanda’s representatives which totals to 100 athletes, competing athletics (40), swimming (20), tennis (16), table tennis (12) and badminton (12) are in residential camp since August 1.
Venues earmarked to host the games include; GS Busogo II (Volleyball and Netball), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) and Rwanda Police Academy will host football matches, Mutobo field will host Rugby while Tennis will be staged at Ibirunga Tennis Club.
Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College will host volleyball, handball and netball matches, Ste Vincent Muhoza will play host to basketball and Netball competitions while Stade Ubworoherane will host football and athletics events as well as opening and closing ceremonies.
Classic Lodge will host swimming, badminton and table tennis events, IPRC Musanze will also play host to football and men’s basketball events, Nyakinama will also host football in the boys’ category while Nyakarambi will play host to hockey events.
Participating teams will be residing at Ecole Secondaire St Vincent will host girls in the secondary school category while Ecole de Science Musanze will host boys in the second school category respectively.
E.S.T.B-Ecole Secondaire Technique Busogo will host all girls and boys from the primary school level.
Rwanda’s representatives in FEASSA Games
Girls’ volleyball: IPRC Kigali and GS.Indangaburezi
Boys Volleyball: PSVF Karubanda and St Joseph
Girls Basketball: ADEG and LDK
Boys’ basketball: College Marie Reine and APE Rugunga
Girls Handball: ES Gikonko and ES Kirambo
Boys Handball: Col. Gisenyi and ADEG
Netball (girls): ES Save and GS Gahini
Rugby (boys): LDK and ASPEKA
Girls Football: GS Nyange and GS Remera Rukoma
Boys Football: College Karambi and CIP